Social Work Events Understanding Bullying Through Research Engagement with Young People

This event is offered by the School of Human and Health Sciences, Centre for Applied Childhood Youth and Family Research to promote communication and knowledge sharing between academics and social work and social care professionals.

Bullying research is widely underpinned by large scale cohort studies focussing on bullying prevalence, risk and protective factors, and negative outcomes. A limitation of this approach is that it does not explain why bullying happens. Qualitative research, more specifically participatory research, can help shed light on these factors.

This presentation will present the findings of four research projects, (a systematic review and three empirical studies), which involved young people to various degrees as respondents, co-researchers and commissioners of research. The findings presented in this seminar offer an alternative perspective, to the traditional approaches of large cohort studies, to how bullying is understood and conceptualised.


Dr. Niamh O’Brien (Anglia Ruskin University) – Her expertise is in bullying research and undertaking participatory approaches to research with young people.  Her doctoral study focussed on exploring bullying in an independent day and boarding school, and actively involved school students as researchers through Participatory Action Research (PAR).  Niamh is a core founding member of the Participatory Research Group (PRG) bringing together staff and students from across Anglia Ruskin University who have an interest in undertaking participatory research.

Niamh is currently working on EU funded research exploring immigration and bullying in schools as well as a further study exploring self-exclusion and severe bullying.  She is an Honorary Fellow of the UNESCO Chair on Tackling Bullying in Schools and Cyberspace through a Global Partnership for Equality and Wellbeing (National Anti-Bullying Centre, Dublin City University) and an associate member of the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA). Niamh sits on the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for bullying.

How to book

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This is free seminar. Your colleagues and friends are also very welcome.  Please book a place/places through eventbrite.

Venue details
Huddersfield University
Room R1/12
Ramsden Bdlg